Job Description

General Purpose:

The Estimator is responsible for preparing and/or coordinating the preparation of full estimates on large and complex projects as required by client's documents. The Estimator will perform conceptual estimates on Design-Build projects and provide complete and accurate estimates on hard bids.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates with the Senior Estimator, Project Manager, and Design-Build Manager in the initial sequencing of construction activities, outlining components such as labor, materials, equipment, and overall duration.

  • Assists in the preparation of Bid Project General Conditions.

  • Prepares early add/cut budget costs on Design-Build projects.

  • Prepares add/cut sheets and ensures timely completion of estimates.

  • Reviews estimates and revisions for completeness and accuracy.

  • Reviews proposal specifications, drawings, and other documents to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate.

  • Executes take-offs of construction and bridging documents.

  • Inputs take-offs into estimating spreadsheet.

  • Obtains pricing for materials.

  • Obtains bids and early budget numbers from subcontractors

  • Creates Scopes of Work for each trade to review with Subcontractor.

  • Creates and manages Analysis Tab Sheets for bid day.

  • Prepares cost analysis in computer by summarizing material, labor, equipment, subcontractor and overhead costs incurred in the installation of items.

  • Informs immediate supervisor of any observed inaccuracies or omissions in quoted items or computer database.

  • Develops and maintains resource information on products, vendors, subcontractors, government requirements, etc.

  • Follows cost analysis through design development.

  • Manages the VCCs throughout Design Development.

  • Identifies and leads the implementation of initiatives that create increased estimating accuracy and efficiencies.

  • Takes ownership in creating and contributing to a collaborative work environment resulting in a culture of "Ownership" by the estimating group.

  • Creates and maintains positive relationships with designers and key subcontractors, including small business.

  • Actively participates in the estimating and pre-construction activities of all new projects.

  • Participates with corporate and project management to determine what types of projects to bid, strategies, techniques, etc.

  • Prepares detailed, disciplined estimates by calculating complete takeoff of scope of work.

  • Maintains files of working documents as back-up for estimate figures, including current (accurate) information on prices from suppliers through direct contact, sales brochures, price lists, etc.

  • Updates and maintains historical cost library data.

  • Reviews design options and makes recommendation for best solution based on cost, engineering quality, or availability of materials.

  • Participates in the preparation, review, presentation and out-brief of technical and design/build proposals in response to owner's (specifically, NAVFAC/COE) RFP's.

  • Participates in the preparation, performing, and report writing of studies regarding materials, construction methods, and cost effectiveness.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education / Years of Experience: High school diploma or general education degree (GED) or five to eight years of related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience


? Ability to read and interpret documents such as blueprints, Requests for Proposals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Write routine reports and correspondence. Speak effectively before groups of customers or employees.

? Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percentage and to draw and interpret graphs.

? Maintains quality customer service skills, a strong work ethic, and is a team player with the ability to work well independently.

? Demonstrates proficiency with estimating software and spreadsheet software and should have knowledge of word processing software, e-mail software and the use of the Internet.

? Ability to recognize and comment on design and construction durations.

? Collaborate and communicate effectively with co-workers, consultants, and subcontractors.

Company Description
Straub Construction, Inc. has been providing construction services for more than 40 years. Our reputation for delivering the highest level of service in the industry is a critical element in our success. All of Straub Construction professionals strive to improve our performance, quality and services by building on the lessons learned from previous projects. We incorporate lessons learned including technical solutions, sustainable building practices, integrating Building Information Modeling, best practices for implementing project delivery options and constructability ideas.
We firmly believe that our employees drive the success of the company. With success in mind as the ultimate goal, we strive to create and provide an environment that offers challenging, stimulating and financially rewarding opportunities.
Join us and discover a work experience where diverse ideas are met with enthusiasm, and where you can learn and grow to your full potential. We are looking for individuals who enjoy the entrepreneurial thrill of invention and who enjoy working as a team to create a satisfying outcome for our customers.
Straub Construction Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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